Merseyside Hate Crime Conference 2012
Praxis team members Paul Kyprianou and Kath Hennell facilitated this event, held at the Crowne Plaza, Speke in November 2012. The conference was attended by a wide range of delegates engaged in supporting the victims of hate crime, in prevention and awareness raising, policing and convicting of perpetrators. Nearly 100 people took part including elected Members, Police Officers, representatives from Registered Social Landlords (RSLs), voluntary sector agencies and statutory organisations from across Merseyside. The conference provided an opportunity to reflect on achievements and to share experiences in preventing, reporting and supporting the victims of hate crime, as well as a chance to learn from one another and to jointly identify priorities for addressing hate crime in the future.
Feedback from the conference was very positive – delegates greatly enjoyed the chance to meet like-minded people from so many diverse organisations, to have the opportunity to network and to learn from one another, and for the chance to debate and explore ideas. It was also an opportunity to influence the priorities of the new Police and Crime Commissioner.
“Merseyside Police Authority commissioned Praxis to deliver a conference and follow up report on partnership working in tackling hate crime. This was to form part of the Authority’s legacy to Merseyside victims of hate crime and the last community event before the Authority was abolished. Praxis never let us down and produced a highly professional event and report. The event delegates were from a wide range of the Merseyside community who had different experiences and needs. Praxis stepped up to this challenge with the greatest of ease and their facilitation of the day made everyone feel able to contribute, valued and that their input was important. (which it was).
The case studies developed by Praxis were, whilst hard hitting, sensitively written and delivered. The interaction was inclusive to all attending and physical, sensory and cultural accessibility was at the heart of all the work. This was equally so with the findings and the subsequent report which was delivered professionally, accessible and on time. The report gave agencies an action plan and recommendations to help provide an improved service for victims and witness and gave clear information for the incoming Police and Crime Commissioner on hate crime, its effects and the way forward for the people of Merseyside. I recommend Praxis for all your facilitation, research and report writing needs. It was a pleasure working with them and I hope to have the opportunity to do it again.
Thank you Praxis for helping us leave a legacy to victims of hate crime.”
Norma Kielty-Crummey, Citizen focus officer, MPA